Raw Buckwheat Groats

I didn’t discover buckwheat groats until last year, 2017. Buckwheat groats look and taste a lot like steel cut oats, but the softer seeds can be enjoyed raw, like in this recipe.  I can’t quite remember where I saw them but when I completed my first raw vegan challenge, I ate buckwheat groats for breakfast…

Peaches & Cream Oatmeal

Summer peaches are the best! Remember those instant oatmeal packets that came in a variety pack? Those were one of favorite breakfast meals when I was a kid- especially the Peaches and Cream flavor! I decided to recreate a childhood favorite using a healthier more plant based approach. I replace the cream with coconut milk…

Arroz con Gandules (Puerto Rican Rice)

Puerto Rican Rice, or Arroz con Gandules, is THE main dish at not only Puerto Rican parties but for dinner almost every night in traditional Puerto Rican houses. You’re probably thinking you’d get sick of rice everyday but honestly you don’t. I know I didn’t! Later in life I was exposed to different cuisines from…

Puerto Rican Pastelillos de lentejas al Horno (Baked Lentil Turnovers)

Pastelillos de lentejas al Horno sounds better than Baked Lentil turnovers, to me! Sometimes when things are translated into English, it loses it meaning. These are more than just Lentil turnovers. The flavor inside is so abundant! Inside the turnovers, or empanadas (or pastelillos!), are more than just lentils. The filling is a play on Picadillo, which is…

Fruit Punch Green Smoothie

No kidding, this green smoothie tastes like fruit punch! It’s not red. True. But don’t judge the flavor by the color. Pretty sure it has to do with the cherries and the dark greens I used! Making a green smoothie part of your daily routine is the best thing you can do for yourself! So treat…

Purple Pad Thai (V, GF, OF)

This is my second Pad Thai recipe. However it has been 3 years since I shared it (See it here)! This one is different because I use tofu and had a tomato-miso base. This Purple Pad Thai is, well, purple and mad with a lime-tamari base. Both equally delicious! The flavor in this is booming and…

[Tempeh] Reuben Sandwich

Who doesn’t love a good sandwich?! I certainly LOVE sandwiches. I thought I needed cheese on a sandwich for it to taste to good or be complete but I was sadly mistaken! It’s really all about the sauce! Generally speaking, a good sauce pretty much makes any meal. Amirite? This sandwich is A-1. Definitely a new…

Green Grape Green Smoothie

Making a green smoothie part of your day, especially starting your day, is the best thing you can do for yourself! It’s light and gives you energy. Remember when making smothies, you can adjust any smoothie to your liking (sweetness, texture, etc.).  If you are thinking your blender isn’t good enough, let me stop you right…

Bosc in Coconut Green Smoothie

Just because Green Smoothies are green, doesn’t mean they are gross! You can adjust any smoothie to your liking (sweetness, texture, etc.). This green smoothie is a good start for beginners or for those who want a morning/afternoon pick-me-up. It’s so good you won’t even care that it’s green. The coconut water is especially good in this smoothie because,…

Stewed Beans (Puerto Rican Style)-Habichuelas Guisadas

Habichuelas Guisadas, or Stewed Beans, were one of the main staples in my household growing up! My mom and grandmother often made arroz con gandules (rice and pigeon peas) but this was a close second! I remade this recipe using my version of Sofrito and Sazon! I included a not-chick’n cube, which can be found…